Thursday, July 24, 2008

Baltimore Activist Alert

Baltimore Activist Alert July 24, 2008 – April 4, 2009

"I speak as an American to the leaders of my own nation. The great initiative in this war is ours.

The initiative to stop it must be ours." -Martin Luther King Jr.

Friends, this list and other email documents which I send out are done under the auspices of the Baltimore Nonviolence Center . Go to If you appreciate this information and would like to make a donation, send contributions to BNC, 325 East 25th Street , Baltimore , MD 21218 . Max Obuszewski can be reached at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski [at]

The Baltimore IndyMedia Center publicizes peace-related events. Go to

1] Books, buttons and stickers

2] Web site for info on federal legislation

3] Join Nonviolent Resistance lists

4] Eyes Wide Open exhibit available

5] Bernie Brown needs housing

6] Native American culture – July 24

7] State Police spying scandal – July 24

8] Protest WYPR management – July 25 - ?

9] WIB Inner Harbor peace vigil – July 25

10] WIB Roland Park vigil – July 25

11] White House vigil – July 25

12] Silent vigil at Homewood Friends – July 25

13] Takoma Park peace vigil – July 25

14] Honk Against the War – July 25

15] Vigil at Walter Reed – July 25

16] Norman Finkelstein -- July 25

17] Ballroom dancing – July 25

18] THE WARRIOR – July 25-27

19] Peace vigil in Chester , PA – July 26

20] Peace vigil at Capitol – July 26

21] Westminster WIB vigil – July 26

22] Olney vigil to end the war – July 26

23] Mankekolo to preach at African Service – July 27

24] Bridge peace vigil – July 27

25] Impeach for Peace Picnic – July 27

26] Peace Walk in D.C. – July 27

27] Red Emma’s needs volunteers – July 27

28] Pentagon vigil – July 28

29] National Migration Conference – July 28-31

30] Death penalty hearings – July 28, Aug. 5 and Aug. 19

31] Death penalty demonstration – July 28

32] Pledge of Resistance meeting – July 28

33] War Is Not the Answer vigil – July 29

34] Marc Steiner on WEAA – July 30

35] Peace vigil in Philadelphia – July 30

36] Peace vigil in W. Mount Airy , PA – July 30

37] Peace vigil in Chestnut Hill , PA – July 30

38] Israel/Palestine roundtable – July 31

39] PROFIT MOTIVE film & Turtle salon – July 31

40] WIB Frederick peace vigil – Aug, 1

41] Frederick Peace Center meeting – Aug. 4

42] Commemorate Hiroshima & Nagasaki – Aug. 6 & 9

43] Mobilization for Global Justice meeting – Aug. 6

44] PG County peace meeting – Aug. 6

45] Towson WIB vigil – Aug. 7

46] First Thursday protest of the war – Aug. 7

47] MUPJ conference – April 4, 2009

48] MUPJ conference – April 4, 2009

49] War Is Not the Answer signs for sale

50] Donations needed to finish Winter Soldier film

51] Little Friends for Peace Summer Camps

52] Become a member of the Washington Peace Center

53] Click on The Hunger Site

54] Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil


1] – Buttons, bumperstickers and books are available. “God Bless the Whole World, No Exceptions” stickers in stock. Call Max at 410-366-1637.

2] – To obtain information how your federal legislators voted on particular bills, go to Congressional toll-free numbers are 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073.

3] – THE ORGANIZING LIST will be the primary decision-making mechanism of the National Campaign of Nonviolent Resistance [NCNR]. It will be augmented by conference calls and possibly in-person meetings as needed. It will consist of 1 or 2 representatives from each local, regional, or national organization (not coalitions) that wishes to actively work to carry out the NCNR campaign of facilitating and organizing nonviolent resistance to the war in Iraq .

To join the ORGANIZING List, please send your name, group affiliation, city and email address to Different local chapters of a national organization are encouraged to subscribe.

THE NOTICES LIST will include only notices of NCNR actions and related information and is open to any interested person to subscribe. It will be moderated to maintain focus & will include periodic notices about getting involved in NCNR national organizing. To join the NOTICES List, send an email message to . You will get a confirmation message once subscribed. If you have problems, please write to the list manager at

4] – The Baltimore American Friends Service Committee office has assembled an exhibit Maryland Eyes Wide Open which details the Human Cost of the Iraq War and reflects the costs of war to the state of Maryland. The exhibit consists of at least 40 pairs of combat boots, representing the US military deaths from Maryland; civilian shoes, tagged with names and ages of a very small fraction of the tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis who have died; a representative pair of combat boots and 7 red poppies, representing the estimated number of wounded US military personnel (approximately 7 times the number of dead); and signs and literature detailing the human and financial costs of the war on the cities and counties of Maryland.

AFSC will help with logistics and contribute to your planning for auxiliary events or activities presented in conjunction with the exhibit. For information on obtaining and displaying the exhibit, call 410-323-4200, extensions 20 or 21 or e-mail at or Go to

5] – Bernie Brown has been residing at the Progressive Action Center since he lost his housing. However, the PAC is being sold, and it is expected Bernie will have to leave before the end of July. Let me know if you can suggest some temporary or permanent housing for one of Baltimore ’s faihtful peace and justice activists. Bernie is named in the documents from the State Police, which the ACLU released on July 17. Call me if you know of a place where Bernie could live—410-366-1637.

6] – Huichol Shaman from Mexico and an Eastern Shore chief will share their culture and wisdom alongside Native American drummers, dancers and musicians on Thurs., July 24 at the Baltimore American Indian Center. Songs on the Wind: from Mexico to Maryland begins with a 6 PM art reception, and continues with a 7 PM dinner and a 8 PM performance at the Creative Alliance at The Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore 21224.

Through Sat., July 26, The Native American Program exhibition in the Amalie Rothschild Gallery will continue through Sat., July 26. Francisco Loza returns with Huichol artist Macario Carillo, both traveling from their homes in Mexico to exhibit Arte en Estambre. Call 410-276-1651 or go to Tickets for the performance are $13 and $11 for members, students and seniors. Dinner is a separate purchase.

7] – The next meeting of the Baltimore Coalition Against the Death Penalty will be Thurs., July 24 at 7 PM at St. John’s, 27th & St. Paul. Because of the breaking news that Maryland State Police were spying on peace activists and opponents of the death penalty, there will be a panel discussion led by some of the activists names in the documents received by the ACLU: Terry Fitzgerald, Max Obuszewski, Mike Stark and Dave Zirin. A representative of Maryland Case will discuss the upcoming hearings called by the commission to study the state’s death penalty. Call 410-488-6767 or 443-838-3221.

8] – Protest the illegal termination of The Marc Steiner Show from noon to 1 PM Monday through Saturday in front of WYPR, 2216 N. Charles St. You may consider calling the station to complain at 410-235-1395. Contact Max at 410-366-1637 to join Take Back YPR.

9] – Women In Black sponsor a peace stand/vigil on Fri., July 25 from noon-1 PM at the Inner Harbor , corner Pratt and Light. Everyone welcome, wear black if you can. See or write or call 410-467-9114.

10] – There is also a noon vigil on Fri., July 25 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St . Call 410-467-9114.

11] – A peace vigil takes place every Friday from noon to 1 PM on Pennsylvania Ave., by the press gate to the White House. It is organized by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. Call 202-882-9649.

12] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., July 25 from 5 to 6 PM outside of Homewood Friends Meeting, 3107 N. Charles St. , in opposition to war with Iraq . Placards say: "War Is Not the Answer." The silent vigil is sponsored by AFSC, Homewood Friends Meeting and Stony Run.

13] – Join the Takoma Park peace vigil, which takes place the last Friday of the month from 5 to 6 PM at Takoma Junction (Rte. 410 and Carroll Ave. ). The next vigil to end occupation in Iraq , Palestine and the White House will be July 25. Call 301-589-5410 or go to

14] – Join the Brandywine Peace Community on Fri., July 25, always the final Friday of the month, in a peace vigil that will include a call for No War on Iran! Honk against the war from 5 to 6 PM at Broad and Arch Sts. in Philadelphia . Call 610-544-1818.

15] – SHED LIGHT ON US WAR CASUALTIES: FROM THE FRONT LINE TO THE BACK DOOR of Walter Reed Army Medical Center (North Gate), every Friday night, from 7 to 9 PM in the middle of the 7100 block of Georgia Ave., NW. Call 202-441-3265. Go to

16] – Norman Finkelstein will offer an address Peace in Palestine on Fri., July 25 at 7 PM at the Mary Graydon Center, Tavern, American Univ. The closest Metro stop is Tenleytown/AU. The Washington Peace Center teams up with The U.S. Campaign to End the Occupation to host Finkelstein, a noted author of many books, including THE HOLOCAUST INDUSTRY and BEYOND CHUTZPAH, received his doctorate in 1988 from the Department of Politics, Princeton University, for a thesis on the theory of Zionism. He's currently an independent scholar. Call 202-234-2000 or email

17] – There is an opportunity to participate in ballroom dancing, usually every Friday of the month, in the JHU ROTC Bldg. at 8 PM. Turn south on San Martin Dr. from the intersection of Univ. Parkway and 39th St . Drive on campus by taking the third left turn. The next dance will be July 25. Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

18] – THE WARRIOR continues at the Capital Fringe Festival. Theater of the First Amendment presents THE WARRIOR by Jack Gilhooley and directed by Kevin Murray through July 27 in WDC at FLASHPOINT'S MEAD THEATRE, 916 G St., NW . Performances are scheduled for Fri., July 25 at 8:30 PM, Sat., July 26 at 5:45 PM and Sun., July 27 at 7 PM. All tickets are $15 – go to Visit Call 866-811-4111.

19] – Each Saturday, 11 AM – 1 PM, Chester County Peace Movement holds a peace vigil in West Chester in front of the Chester County Courthouse, High & Market Sts. This vigil has been the target of counter-demonstrators and harassment from the " Chester County Victory Movement" but has grown and persisted. Go to

20] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Sat., July 26. Look for the blue banner with the message, "Seek Peace and Pursue It. --Psalms 34:14." The vigil lasts one hour and is silent except when one responds to the occasional questions. Go to or email

21] – Westminster WIB holds a vigil the last Saturday of the month. On July 26 meet at 2 PM in front of the library on Main St. Please wear black, everyone welcome at all stands, signs provided. Contact

22] – Friends House, 17715 Meeting House Rd., Sandy Spring, MD 20860, hosts a peace vigil every Saturday, 3:15 to 4:15 PM, on the corner of Rt. 108 and Georgia Ave. in Olney, MD. The next vigil is July 26. Call 301-774-9792.

23] – On Sun., July 27, the KALAFONG AME CHURCH invites you to a Prayer for Africa at 11 AM at the HISPANIC SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST DAY CHUCH, 5100 Edmondson Ave., Baltimore 21229. The former pastor, the Rev. Dr. Mankekolo Mahlangu-Ngcobo, will be preaching. She is currently the pastor of the F. H. AME Church in Soweto . South Africa and needs spiritual and financial support to continue her mission there. South Africa is ravaged by poverty, AIDS, various forms of abuses, crime and political challenges. Contact Rev. Dr. Duane Rawlings at Go to\md\kalafong-ame-mission-church/index.html.

24] – Maryland Bridges for Peace welcomes you to stand for peace Sundays from noon (or thereabouts) to 1 PM on the Spa Creek Bridge in Annapolis . Contact Lucy at 410-263-7271 or Signs are not allowed to be on a stick or pole. If there is interest, people will be standing on the Stoney Creek Bridge on Fort Smallwood Road in Pasadena [410-437-5379 or]. Go to

25] – There is an Impeach for Peace Picnic on Sun., July 27 from 2 to 5 PM at the grassy knoll by the Washington Monument between 14th and 15th Sts. Join the Washington peace Center, CodePINK and others for the 3rd Impeach Picnic. There will be music and fiery rhetoric, but bring signs, banners and blankets. There will be a photographer on top of the Washington Monument to capture a scenic IMPEACH formed by bodies and blankets. D.C. indy rock legend Phil Duarte (aka Philvis) will be a special guest. Call 202-234-2000 or email

26] – Join the weekly Peace Walk on the Mall at 4 PM on Sun., July 27 starting at the WWII Memorial ( 17th St .). Northern Virginians for Peace and Justice will commence a weekly Peace Walk on the Mall. The walk will be from the World War II Memorial to the Lincoln Memorial and back via Constitution and Independence Aves. Contact Ken at

27] – Red Emma’s needs volunteers. Stop in to the weekly Sunday meeting at 7 PM at 800 St. Paul St. or email The next meeting is July 20. Call 410-230-0450.

28] – Vigil at the Pentagon, last Monday of the month, 7 to 8 AM at the entrance to the Pentagon Metro Station. The next vigil will be July 28. Dorothy Day Catholic Worker can be reached at 202-882-9649.

29] – From Mon., July 28 through Thurs., July 31 the National Migration Conference will be held at the Washington Hilton Hotel, 1919 Connecticut Ave., NW, WDC. It is co-sponsored by a number of groups including the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS) in partnership with Catholic Charities USA and Catholic Relief Services. Renowned experts and speakers covering a wide range of migration-related topics, including a discussion of services and the pastoral care of immigrants, migrants, refugees, unaccompanied immigrant children, victims of human trafficking and other people on the move. Visit

30] – The Maryland Commission on the Death Penalty is starting to hold a series of hearings. The first will be on Mon., July 28 at 3 PM in Annapolis in the Joint Hearing Room of the Legislative Services Building , 90 State Circle . All scheduled meetings will be at 3 PM in the same hearing room. Benjamin R. Civiletti is the chair. Hearings will also be held on Tues., Aug. 5 & Tues., Aug. 19. Contact Rachel Philofsky, Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention at 410-821-2828. Go to

31] – There is usually a vigil to abolish the death penalty every Monday from 5 to 6 PM, outside the prison complex and across the street from Maryland’s death row, at the corner of Madison Ave. and Fallsway in Baltimore . The next vigil is scheduled for Mon., July 28. Call 410-233-0488.

32] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore usually meets every Monday. The next meeting is on Mon., July 28 at 7:30 PM at the AFSC, 4806 York Road . Discuss the response to the State Police spy scandal and further developments. Call Max at 410-366-1637.

33] – There is a vigil to say "War Is Not the Answer" each Tuesday since September 11, 2001 at 4806 York Road . Join this ongoing vigil. The next vigil is July 29 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.

34] – The Marc Steiner Show is back on Wed., July 30 at 9 AM on WEAA 88.9 FM, The Voice of the Community. During the summer, the hour-long show will continue each Wednesday. And in Fall 2008, the show will begin broadcasting daily Monday through Friday. The call-in number is 410-319-8888, and comments can also be sent by email You can listen to interviews by Steiner through his Center for Emerging Media podcasts. To hear the interviews, email

35] – Each Wednesday from 4:30 - 5:30 PM, the House of Grace Catholic Worker holds a weekly vigil for peace in Iraq outside the Phila. Federal Building , 6th & Market Sts. The next vigil is July 30. Call 215-426-0364.

36] – Each Wednesday in clear weather, there is a peace vigil from 5 to 6 PM outside the Unitarian Society of Germantown, 6511 Lincoln Drive (between Wayne & Hortter) in West Mount Airy, PA. The next vigil is July 30. Call 215-843-4256 or email

37] – Each Wednesday, there is a peace vigil from 7 to 8 PM outside the Borders Book Store, Germantown Ave. at Bethlehem Pike in Chestnut Hill , PA. The next vigil is July 30.

Call 215-843-4256 or email

38] – On Thurs., July 31, the WEEKLY ROUNDTABLE SEEKING A JUST PEACE IN PALESTINE/ISRAEL takes place from 12:30 - 1:30 PM at Potter's House, 1658 Columbia Road NW, WDC. Join a civil discourse which explores the history, issues, myths, realities, and truth of the conflict between Israel and Palestine . Contact Alice Azzouzi at 202-232-5483.

39] – On Thurs., July 31 at 7 PM at 2640 St. Paul St., you are invited to an evening of homage and testament to fallen and breathing radicals, rebels and provocateurs, featuring a special screening of the film PROFIT MOTIVE AND THE WHISPERING WIND by John Gianvito. Filmed across the U.S. over a three-year period, the film is a remarkable and moving visual meditation on the progressive history of the US as seen through its cemeteries, historic markers, and landscape memory. Also to be shown are two shorts: "p.s. beirut , chapter one" by Michael H Shamberg, and "NYC Weights and Measures" by Jem Cohen. The evening will also include readings from "Prayer for the Morning Headlines: On the Sanctity of Life and Death" (poetry by Daniel Berrigan, selections and photographs by Adrianna Amari, introduction by Howard Zinn), words from Liz McAlister of Jonah House, an exhibit of the statuary photography of Ryan Coffman, and more. The evening, hosted by Red Emma's, is presented by Turtle an anarchic salon, "an open and chaotic network of diverse but interconnecting ideas, people, projects, events and venues" started by filmmaker Michael H Shamberg in London in 2006. Go to and

40] – WIB Frederick holds a silent vigil mourning all violence, the first Friday of the month, from 12 to 12:30 PM, War Memorial Park, W 2nd St. & N. Bentz in Frederick. The next vigil is Aug. 1. Please dress in black; no additional signs. Men are welcome. Contact: 301 834-7581 or;

41] – There will be a meeting of the Frederick Peace Resource Center on Mon., Aug. 4 at 7:30 PM at 4 East Church St. Call Gus Fahey at 301-663-6117.

42] – The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee & Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility will hold their annual remembrances at 5 PM on Aug. 6 at 34th & N. Charles St. and on Aug. 9 at 7 PM at 4806 York Road for a night of music and poetry. If you would like to perform, RSVP to Max at 410-366-1637.

43] – There will be a Mobilization for Global Justice meeting at 7 PM on Wed., Aug. 6 at St. Stephens Church, 16th & Newton Sts. , NW, WDC. Exit at the Columbia Heights Metro stop. The meeting takes place the first Wednesday of the month. Email

44] – The Peace & Justice Coalition of Prince George’s County meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 7 PM at the Greenbelt Community Center. The next meeting is Aug. 6. Call 301-577-2350.

45] – There is a WIB peace stand on Thurs., Aug. 7, noon-1PM in Towson at northwest corner of Washington & Chesapeake Aves., across the street from the post office, near the courthouse. Contact . This vigil takes place on the first Thursday of the month

46] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore hosts an End the War! End the Occupation! rally on Thurs., Aug. 7 starting at 5 PM in Mount Vernon at Centre & Charles Sts. The Pledge gathers in Mount Vernon on the first Thursday of the month to protest the war. Call Max at 410-366-1637.

47] – In August, the Maryland Public Service Commission will be listening to public opinion and fielding questions about Constellation’s proposed new nuclear reactor for Maryland. Unfortunately, they have decided to only have public meetings at the very southern tip of the state. The Chesapeake Safe Energy Coalition believes that every resident should have the opportunity to weigh in and get information on this critical issue. Therefore, the Coalition has committed to hosting an open meeting for those unable to travel to southern Maryland . Comments collected at the meeting will be delivered to MD PSC for inclusion in the public record. Attend a public meeting on Tues., Aug. 12 at 6:30 PM, hosted by the Chesapeake Safe Energy Coalition, at the Enoch Pratt Library, Poe Room, 400 Cathedral St. , Baltimore , MD 21201 .

48] – The 24th annual Maryland Peace and Justice conference has been set for April 4, 2009 at the Church of the Resurrection in Burtonsville, MD, easily accessible off of Rt. 29. Please put the date on your calendar and try not to schedule any other major events on that day. Thanks so much for your cooperation, and the organizers hope to see you there! Call Paulette at 410-747-3811.

49] – WAR IS NOT THE ANSWER signs from Friends Committee on National Legislation are again for sale at $5. To purchase a sign, call Max at 410-366-1637.

50] – Displaced Films produced SIR, N0 SIR which told the story of the GI resistance movement against the war in Vietnam . Now that company is working with Northern Light Productions to produce the only documentary film that will be made about the historic Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan/Eyewitness Accounts of the Occupations held outside of Washington , DC , March 13-16. To make a donation to this film, click here:

51] – MJ and Jerry Parks will be holding area summer peace camps again this year. The Parks have trained thousands of children and adults since 1981 when they founded Little Friends for Peace to teach non-violence skills to children. So if you know of any children who might benefit from a camp, or if you are an adult interested in sharing your peace story with a group of campers this year, contact MJ and Jerry. Climb aboard the Peace Train at They can be reached at 4405 29th St., Mt. Rainier MD 20712. Call 240-838-4549 or email

52] – Become an active member of the Washington Peace Center , which is now located at 1233 12th St. NW . All members are granted voting rights and are invited to join one or more of our many working groups. Members are asked to pay suggested annual dues of 25 dollars, or volunteer. Email - subject "membership.” The mailing address is The Washington Peace Center, P.O. Box 50032 , WDC 20019-0032 . Call 202-234-2000. Subscribe at Send donations to The Washington Peace Center.

53] – The Hunger Site was initiated by Mercy Corps and Second Harvest, and is funded entirely by advertisers. You can go there every day and click the big yellow "Give Food for Free" button near the top of the page; you do not have to look at the ads. Each click generates funding for about 1.1 cups of food. So consider clicking.

54] – Peace Park Antinuclear Vigil takes place every day in Lafayette Park, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 24 hours a day, since June 3, 1981. Go to; call 202-682-4282.

Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 East 25th St. Baltimore , MD 21218 Ph: 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski [at]

"One is called to live nonviolently, even if the change one works for seems impossible. It may or may not be possible to turn the US around through nonviolent revolution. But one thing favors such an attempt: the total inability of violence to change anything for the better" - Daniel Berrigan

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